Under the Dome

Candidates emerge in local legislative races

With candidate filing starting Monday, state legislative races are getting interesting.

In District 38, a Wake County open seat created in the GOP-led redistricting, four Democrats are making a bid. Lee Sartain, a 30-year-old Raleigh Democrat, is the latest to join the race, making an official announcement Tuesday. He joins Lindy Brown, a former Wake County commissioner, who recently unveiled her new campaign website.

Abeni El-Amin and Yvonne Lewis Holley are also looking to make a run for the seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Deborah Ross.

Republicans moved Ross to House District 34, double-bunking her with close friends and fellow Democrat Rep. Grier Martin. And at this point, it appears Ross and Martin may challenge each other in a Democratic primary.

In a recent interview, Ross said the situation could change but she is planning on running. "We are very friendly and we know who the true enemy is and it's not each other," she said.

Asked how he would draw distinctions with Ross, Martin said he isn't thinking about it yet. He holds out hope the new maps will get shot down before the primary -- even though it's highly unlikely at this point.

In Orange County, state Rep. Verla Insko said Tuesday she will seek re-election for her seat, which comes after former House Speaker Joe Hackney announced his retirement. Republicans put the two Chapel Hill Democrats in the same territory.

And in northern Orange County's District 50, currently held by Democratic state Rep. Bill Faison, who is running for governor, a Republican is the first candidate in the race. Lewis Hannah announced her candidacy Friday. The businessman most recently served as a vice chairman of the Triangle Transit Authority. He is the only candidate in the race so far.


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You mention Hannah is a businessman and a former vice chairman of a group along with referring to Hannah as a "he." You also say "Lewis Hannah announced her candidacy Friday." Is Hannah a male or a female? The first name being Lewis seems to indicate Hannah is a male.

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